Hello…

Hello

I must apologise for my lack of posts.  It has been nearly a month since my last post! I will try to keep it brief things which have kept me from posting. Sorry just re-read my post you may want a cuppa.

Before I do I did get my tax returns completed in time and was able to go to the craft show.

A few things which have kept my attention a broken washing machine door – lucky this was fixed under warranty. No one has any idea how it happened! You can imagine with all the swimming and sports in general my machine gets a heavy workout. I have had some relax time a few dinners with other groups of mums, parent information nights for school, an AGM for work, taking on an extra day a week of work and generally being a busy time of the kinder year. This is only the high’s and low’s not the every day stuff I am sure all mum’s (dad’s too) do every day.

I did have a girl’s weekend away planned with my bookclub/walking friends however I had to cancel as Mr M was in the middle of his year 12 exams at the time and needed to be taken to extra exam practice and I needed to keep Ms S & Ms A away from him!  The hubby was working that weekend. I was also so far behind with the dancing costumes I needed to finish those – concert is tonight! Just finished adjusting the last costume after dress rehearsal the other evening.  As it turns out it was just as well I didn’t go away as I got news over that weekend that my 97 year old Gran had passed away peacefully.  I took days just doing what needed to be done. We had a lovely service for her last week and sadly it was one of the few opportunities  I get to see extended family. (I am sure I am not alone here). We will miss her but know that she lived a full and happy life.

Mr random must have known I needed a pick me up as he picked my card from this post to win at Scrapbook Boutique’s challenge last month.

This week we have had the dress rehearsal and a Hunger Games afternoon. Yes Ms E had 10 friends over to watch movie 1 & 2 before heading out to watch movie 3 and the midnight screening of the new movie with her friends and Mr M. Returning home at 3.15 am to wake the entire house.

Any way with all the updates done I will share a few things I did do.

Boy was I a bit rusty making this card.

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This card was a little late for the recipient but better late than never right.  I used Market Street Stamps Ocean Fun and My Cute stamps fishy fun to create my fish bowl card along with my circle dies. This was as per Ms E’s precise instructions!

This next card and gift bag decoration are for tonight.

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Once again per Ms E’s instruction watermelon was requested.  I am sure there are watermelon stamps out there but do you think I own one? No.  So I needed to be creative and came up with using the solid  half circle stamp from SU What’s your type? set and add the skin and pips by hand with markers.  The sentiment is from Papersmooches Smarty Pants. They haven’t been rejected, but then maybe Ms E knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth.

The final card is actually a multiple.

I made multiplies of this card to send to those who sent me a card after the passing of Gran.

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 Gran was rather fond of butterflies, this is the card I made her for her last birthday here.

I hope to find some time over the weekend to make some cards for the Card drive here

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and an engagement card for a nephew and some birthday cards. It is nearly birthday week here in my house 🙂

I am sorry this is such a long post.

I plan to be back soon with some more creations and a shorter post 🙂

Until next time

Thank you for all your lovely comments

Cheers

Vicki

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NBUS meets under the sea…

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I have found 10 minutes to link these up.

 Mr 17 is studying for his exams which means trying to keep things quiet – not easy when he has 3 sisters! Little Ms 10 has been keeping me busy with her activities and the school art show. Some lovely work. It is coming to the busy time of the year. My second part time job is an enrolment officer for a local preschool so at this time of year there is lots to do and lots of anxious mums and dads.

Anyway enough waffle here are some cards I have been making

Firstly

Some NBUS I picked up at Paperific recently and Darnell has the perfect challenge.

You can find the NBUS challenge here

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I used NBUS Art Impression Girlfriend stamp coloured with alcohol markers. The pattern paper is also NBUS SU Stacked with love.

Now I might just make the cut off for this challenge over at Crafting with Dragonflies here

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I have made 2 cards.

I started by stamping images from MSS Ocean Fun onto watercolour paper and colouring with pencils.

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This card I used some metalic paper I picked up somewhere. I made a porthole using dies from ME stitched sew fancy and Quickcutz circle dies.

and

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I used a stencil from SU Happy Patterns to create the background on my card front. I then added my image. The sentiment is from PTI Tiny Treats and the water grass is from My Cute Stamps fishy fun.

My last card today is one which I was inspired by Therese which can be found here

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I used PTI tag dies and some pattern paper.

Thanks for stopping

Until next time

Cheers

Vicki

For Miss Emma…

I am linking this card up to the Techno Stampers Sketch challenge.

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I stamped my images from My Cute Stamps Fishy Fun onto Blending card stock and coloured with alcohol markers. I punched them out with Stampin UP! 1 3/8″ square punch. I then mounted them onto some card stock from my stash. I added the row of Kaisercraft droplets and also added some to the water bubbles.

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This card is for Emma, a friend of Miss E’s who is celebrating her 18th birthday in a few weeks. Emma likes blue and is a great competition swimmer.

The start of school holidays here – a few of our plans include

 Miss E has exams all next week, she is at a Maths lecture today.

Mr M is booked into be a zookeeper for the day – so that should be a great day for him.

Miss S has a party at a trapoline play centre called “Bounce”.

Miss A will keep me busy crafting – not complaining!

So holidays are busy but a different kind of busy to normal school week.

I have a few more things to share with you over the next couple of days. We have 6 or 7 birthdays in the next couple of weeks. The girls have been bringing home invitations it feels like every day! Enough of my babble.

A lovely sunny day here in Melbourne – hope it is nice where you are too.

Thanks for taking a peek.

Cheers

Vicki

Edit:

This card was chosen in the top 3 at Techno Stamper

http://technostamper.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/top-three-picks-for-sketch-280.html

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Ahoy me hearties…

Sorry couldn’t help that.

This weeks challenge at the Lollipop Ladies is Pirate Lollipops and water.

 

I made this card using a digi image from http://madamebogg.blogspot.com.au/ coloured with markers along with stamps from Hero Arts and My Cute Stamps. Plus Heidi Grace patterned paper,  cardstock from my stash and Sizzix Woodgrain embossing folder.

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I tore the cardstock and layered before stamping my images onto the underwater scene. I stamped the shells and star fish onto scraps and cut out before adding to the water. The Pirate is standing on a piece of embossed woodgrain cardstock – like a part of a ship or a jetty. The sun is stamped and a punched circle added for the centre.

I was having fun so I made a second card.

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Using PTI Tremendous  Treats, My Cute Stamps – Fishy Fun and AnnaBelle Stamps Boy’s Party images. I have coloured the pirate with alcohol markers and Tim Holtz black soot.  I added some sparkle to my pirate with some glitter on his skull and cross.  I layered by using circle punches and popped up with foam tabs. The little boats are coloured with SU markers before being hand cut.

I am linking up to these challenges

Twisted Tuesday Challenges –

– at least 7 embellishments – my first card has 4 shells + 3 star fish = 7 embellishments

http://twistedtuesdaychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/2tc53-sailing-seven-seas.html

and

Through the Craftroom Dooranything goes

and

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Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Vicki